Why a scientist apologizes for a photo of meat

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Klein captioned the Tweeter, “Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years away from us. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This level of detail… A new world unfolds every day” (translated by CNN). Not only did people buy it, they ran with it. The tweet has since received 13.3,000 likes, with one user praising it as a “new frontier in #SciArt”. Another calls the post “great genius”, and others joke with comments like “putting astronomy in gastronomy” and “#ChorizoGate”.

Chorizo, a spicy Spanish pork sausage (BBC), is dark red with white flecks, which vaguely resembles a close-up photo of a red dwarf star – like Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth , according to NASA. Of the original tweet, Klein jokes, “Well, when it’s happy hour, cognitive biases seem to find some fun…Beware of that.”

But not everyone appreciates humor. One Twitter user calls the tweet a “calamity” and another goes so far as to write, “I can’t believe you anymore…” Klein, however, explains the tweet’s intent: “Based on some of the comments, I I feel compelled to clarify that this tweet showing an alleged photo of Proxima Centauri was a joke. Let us learn to be wary as much of arguments from positions of authority as of the spontaneous verve of certain images.

Technical Journalist Mike Elgan is also unimpressed with the reviews, commenting “everyone is a humorless boredom now”.

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